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The State of the Nation in numbers

9 February 2012

365 000 new jobs in 2011, 5 major new state infrastructure projects, R300-billion for the country's ports and railways, 8-million learners at no-fee schools, 11 000 new artisans qualified ... take a quick run-through of the figures contained in President Jacob Zuma's 2012 State of the Nation address.

  • 100 - the number of years since the founding of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1912. This year is the centenary of South Africa's ruling party.
  • 16 - the number of years since South Africa's Constitution came into being.
  • 146 - the number of countries whose ambassadors were present in Parliament on Thursday evening for President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.
  • 23.9% - South Africa's unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • 365 000 - the number of new formal sector jobs created in 2011; the country's best performance since the global recession of 2008-09.
  • 2 500 - applications received since the launch of the government's Jobs Fund in June 2011. Project allocations of over R1-billion have already been committed.
  • R8.4-billion - the investment value of the seven projects so far approved under the R20-billion tax incentive scheme announced last year aimed at supporting new industrial projects and manufacturing.
  • R1.5-billion - the amount so far approved for 60 companies to promote job creation under a R10-billion cheap loan scheme introduced last year by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).
  • 5 - the number of new major geographically-focused projects to be undertaken as part of a massive new state infrastructure drive, starting this year.
  • R300-billion - the amount that state transport and logistics company Transnet will invest in capital projects over the next five years. R200-billion of this will be spent on rail infrastructure projects, and most of the balance on port infrastructure projects.
  • R1-billion - to be cut from the port charges paid by exporters of manufactured goods this year, following an agreement between the Port Regulator and Transnet.
  • R300-million - allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.
  • R1-billion - state guarantee fund to promote access to housing loans for South Africans with lower incomes, to start operations in April, managed by the National Housing Finance Corporation.
  • R83 000 - people earning between R3 500 and R15 000 will, from April, be able to receive subsidies of up to R83 000 from their provincial governments, to enable them to obtain housing finance from accredited banks.
  • 220 000 - the number of solar geysers so far installed nationwide under an Eskom incentive scheme aimed at boosting energy efficiency in the country. The government's target is one-million solar geysers by 2014-15.
  • R248-million - to be invested over next two years to deal with the issue of acid mine drainage in the Witwatersrand.
  • 705 000 - learners enrolled for grade R in 2011, over double the 300 000 enrolled in 2003. The government's target is for 100% coverage for grade R by 2014.
  • 8-million - the number of learners who attend no-fee schools. Over 8-million benefit from the government's school feeding scheme.
  • 14 000 - the number of school-leavers placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year.
  • 11 000 - the number of artisans that completed their trade tests over the past year.
  • R200-million - spent last year in helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning.
  • 2% - government departments have been directed to make sure that 2% of people employed in the country's public service are disabled persons.
  • 5% - the decrease in the number of reported serious crimes in 2010/11 compared to the previous year.
  • 100 - Mama Rebecca Kotane, wife of former ANC treasurer-general Moses Kotane, will turn 100 years old on Sunday, 12 February.
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